It seems that one in seven people from 21 different countries think that the world is ending in their lifetime because of the Mayan long count December 21st prediction, according to an International poll.
Even though NASA crushes 2012 Mayan claims, the 16,262 people who participated in the poll done Ipsos Global Public Affairs think different.
They translate the numbers to 15% of the world population believing the world will end at some time in their life and 10% of the population believing the Mayan prediction.
“Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming,” said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos.
“Perhaps it is because of the media attention coming from one interpretation of the Mayan prophecy that states the world ‘ends’ in our calendar year 2012,” Gottfried said, adding that some Mayan scholars have disputed the interpretation.
Of the 21 countries polled, France was the most skeptical of the world ending with only 6% of the French believing the world could end in their lifetime. The most fearful of the end coming were Turkey and The United States with 22% of the population fearing and impending apocalypse.
Ipsos also broke the poll down into education and income levels as well as age groups and found that those with lower levels of education and income believed more in an end of the world scenario then those of a richer class or higher education. More people under the age of 35 believed the end was coming more than those older.